Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) issues warning on resterilisation:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a Safety Alert warning on the potential damage to medical devices caused by inappropriate resterilisation methods. The warning relates to the dangers of autoclaving Zirconia ceramic components in orthopaedic implants. It states that autoclaving causes microscopic surface roughening, which in turn accelerates wear and may lead to early implant failure and possible osteolysis. It also draws attention to the risk of resterilising any unused medical device which may accidentally be contaminated before use because the appropriate sterilisation method may not always be obvious.